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Darwin, finches, faith and fossils: the real voyage of the 'Beagle' - a ZSL Scientific Meeting

This ZSL Scientific Meeting has been specially arranged to commemorate Charles Darwin's bicentenary.

Charles Darwin developed his groundbreaking ideas on natural selection when he visited the Galapagos, and realised that the islands' finches and giant tortoises had evolved into different distinct species.

That's the one thing everyone knows about Darwin, isn't it? But history is rarely as straightforward as you might think – and the truth is far more interesting for what it reveals about new ways of seeing the world, and the clash between tradition and innovation, science and religion.

Darwin's initial ideas about the Galapagos fauna were actually grounded in Creationism rather than evolution, and the extensive fossils of unknown large mammals he found in South America were far more influential in helping him develop his theories.

And why was Darwin actually onboard the 'Beagle' at all – and what effect did his revolutionary ideas have on his former crewmates?

Organised by Dr Sam Turvey, Institute of Zoology, ZSL and Carly Waterman, Conservation Programmes, ZSL.


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Date and Time:

10 February 2009 at 6:00 pm


1 hour 30 minutes



ZSL London Zoo's Meeting Rooms
Regent's Park (Outer Circle)
0207 449 6227
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Organised by:

The Zoological Society of London
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Admission if free and everyone is welcome!

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